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Code HIST 485
Term 201702
Title Minority Questions in Contemporary Turkey
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject History(HIST)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Ayse Ozil,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
Mode of Delivery Interactive lecture,Seminar
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Discussion based learning,Case Study

First decolonization and then the end of the Cold War have led to new waves of transnational movement. Mass immigration and floods of refugees have given rise to economic, social and cultural clashes, feeding into fresh problems of ethno-religious otherization that have come to haunt even the normally most stable and tolerant democracies of Europe. Simultaneously, Turkey's EU process is bringing into question a number of minority issues that are the legacy of the transition from the multi-ethnic Ottoman empire into Balkan, Caucasian and Middle Eastern nation-states. What are these questions? Which groups are involved? How can cultural, linguistic and religious rights be applied to the relationship between majority and minority groups at the national and international levels? How can consciousness of ethnic, religious or cultural diversity be fostered and promoted as a common value? It is to such historical and contemporary problems that SPS 485 is addressed. For the possibility of taking this course at a graduate level, subject to certain additional requirements, see HIST 585.


The aim of the course is to discuss the aspects of the minorities question in contemporary Turkey against the background of the transition from the multi-ethnic Ottoman empire to Balkan, Caucasian and Middle Eastern nation-states.

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
- describe the main stages of the modern history of Turkey from the perspective of minority rights
- comprehend themes to be selected by the students for seminar work and term papers;
- identify the decisive developments, institutions and individuals of the Republican era and to relate them to an overall conception of the subject matter;
- synthesize large themes over a relatively long span of history;
- systematize historical argumentation, based on professional standards of evidence use;
- develop the ability to approach specific issues from a comparative perspective and form a convincing opinion in face of divergent views of different historians on the topic;
- develop independent study capability, including participation in seminar discussions;
- select material to produce, by a deadline, a coherent and convincing argument.

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 1
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 1
4 Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 3
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Arts & Social Sci.
1 Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis. 5
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 5
3 Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses. 5
1 Analyze global affairs from international relations and economics perspectives.
2 Demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of the international affairs.
3 Compete for increasing opportunities in careers within the newly emerging global institutions.
4 Evaluate the international political events and present their views and positions on international affairs with advanced oral and written skills.
Political Science Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Understand and follow changes in patterns of political behavior, ideas and structures. 5
2 Develop the ability to make logical inferences about social and political issues on the basis of comparative and historical knowledge. 5
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Assignment 25
Participation 10
Presentation 25
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